Can Superb 'Fruitvale Station' Maintain Momentum Until Oscar Season?

The Weinstein Company's hard-hitting drama Fruitvale Station starring The Wire's Michael B. Jordan has seen its odds slashed to just 14/1 to win Best Picture at the Oscars in 2014. After slew of positive reviews and a box office taking of almost $54,000 per screen on a limited release, Ryan Coogler's retelling of the shooting of Oscar Grant on New Year's Day in creating massive buzz.

The movie won the prestigious Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, with Sundance jury member Tom Rothman telling Coogler, "This will not be the last time you guys walk to a podium," according to the Los Angeles Times.

It's likely that Fruitvale Station will collect more honors as the year goes on, though can it maintain the momentum until next February and peep its head above Oscar bait movies The Wolf of Wall Street, August: Osage County, The Monuments Men, Captain Phillips and American Hustle? That's not to mention the likes of Nebraska, Inside Llewyn Davis, Gravity, 12 Years A Slave, The Counselor, Out Of The Furnace, Fox Catcher and the excellent Before Midnight.  It's a huge ask and one that this writer believes may well be out of reach.

It should clean up at the smaller independent movie awards, though in terms of the Golden Globes and Oscars it may go the same way as 2012 hopeful Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Watch the Fruitvale Station trailer:

For now, Harvey Weinstein will do his utmost to ensure Fruitvale Station has every chance of being in the mixer next January and February. He shelled out $2 million for the gritty flick and clearly, he's not want to throw away his cash. 

See all our pictures from the Fruitvale Station photocall at the Cannes Film Festival. 

Ryan CooglerRyan Coogler, Director of Fruitvale Station At Cannes

Melonie Diaz
Melonie Diaz, At Cannes Film Festival

Fruitvale Station
Octavia Spencer [L], Michael B. Jordan, Ryan Coogler and Melonie Diaz [R], The Cast of Fruitvale At The Cannes Film Festival


Contactmusic

Tags: Michael B. Jordan - Harvey Weinstein

Advertisement

More Michael B. Jordan

Miles Teller Leaves No Stone Unturned With His Four Upcoming Film Projects

Miles Teller first gained our attention as hedonistic ladies man Sutter in the 2013 rom-com 'The Spectacular Now', before going on to another comedy love...

Fruitvale Station Movie Review

With his debut feature, writer-director Ryan Coogler recreates a real-life event with remarkable artistry. Even though the factual story is overwhelmed with emotion and political...

Michael B. Jordan Poses With High School Football Team At 'We Could Be King' Tribeca Premiere

'Fruitvale Station' star Michael B. Jordan arrives on the red carpet at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of his latest film, sports drama 'We...

Toby Kebbell To Play Doctor Doom in 'Fantastic Four' - But Who Is He?

As we predicted a couple of weeks back now, British actor Toby Kebbell will play villain Victor von Doom, aka Doctor Doom, in Fox's Fantastic...

Advertisement

Which One Of These Actors Should Play Tupac?

18 years after the murder of Tupac Shakur the rapper will be bought back to life, this time not by a hologram projector but by...

Fox Announces, 'Wolverine,' 'Fantastic Four' Sequels, Plus Mystery Project

Fox has scheduled three more upcoming Marvel movie dates so that the studios can keep continually churning out new superhero movies in the years ahead....

One Of These Four Actors Will Play 'Fantastic Four's' Dr Doom

The casting of Dr Doom in the new Fantastic Four movie has reached its final stages, with four actors in with a shot of playing...

With Director, Cast And Release Date Set, 'Fantastic Four' Reboot Might Work Out

The “Fantastic Four” reboot cast has been finalized (almost). The release date has been set – June 19, 2015, according to Deadline – and now...

Advertisement

Comments

Michael B. Jordan Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Michael B. Jordan

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All